Happy Tuesday! I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day, and are looking forward to this short work week ahead.
Our long weekend got off to a rocky start with more repair work on our kitchen ceiling, so I don’t have a new recipe to share with you today, but I thought I’d take this opportunity to share some other things I’ve been enjoying lately.
I had been using this personal blender for pureeing baby food recently, but while our kitchen is in shambles, I’ve also found it incredibly useful for making our morning smoothies! I love that there are no plastic containers to deal with– you simply blend the ingredients directly into a glass mason jar you want to drink from, so there’s no extra clean-up later. I love having no big blender container to clean!
(Disclaimer: As I mentioned before, I accepted this complimentary blender because I love the concept of using glass instead of plastic, but as always, I am under no obligation to post a positive review.)
I can’t remember where I first heard of Ballet Beautiful, but I’m so glad I tried it out. This DVD offers four 15-minute workouts that are killer! Within the first 5 minutes, my muscles are usually crying for mercy. Mary Hellen Bowers combines everything I love about workouts like Physique 57 and Tracy Anderson, but gets right to the point with these concentrated workouts. Sometimes 15 minutes is all I have to workout with a baby, so I like to make them count!
(P.S. I bought the DVD, but it’s also currently available for FREE streaming if you have an Amazon Prime membership!)
This is my latest experiment with natural skin care. My skin has been feeling a little dry lately from only using pure coconut oil as a face wash/moisturizer combo, so I thought I’d give pure shea butter a try. And so far, I’m really impressed! It feels much more moisturizing than the coconut oil, and includes vitamins A, E and F, without clogging pores. This shea butter is pretty thick (it kind of reminds me of playdough), but melts quickly when you rub it between your hands. I’ve only been using this for a couple of weeks so far, but I do think my skin feels more moisturized already!
Our kitchen has been in shambles with the burst pipe in our ceiling. This past week, our maintenance team replaced and sanded the dry wall (which meant we had to find somewhere else to sleep with our baby), so there has been drywall dust and grime all over our floors and counter top. Thank goodness we had this steam cleaner to help sanitize the aftermath! This has also been a great excuse to give our entire home an thorough scrub down before crawling begins. (Yikes!)
One of my goals this year is to learn how to take better food photos, so I was excited to find this e-book guide over at Pinch of Yum. Lindsay takes beautiful food photos, so if I can learn to take photos half as well as she does, I’ll be pretty happy.
Reader Feedback: Have you tried anything new this week?